Category Archives: Oregon

Off to the vineyards of the West – and the Wine Bloggers’ Conference

So here I am, awake extremely early, Pacific Time, as I adjust to the time difference from home. After an evening discussing the finer points of natural winemaking and British Columbia wine production with Anthony Nicalo of Farmstead Wines (among his many endeavours), and having some fine, crisp Vancouver Island bubbly (Venturi Schulze 2007 Brut [...]
Also posted in British Columbia, Canada, United States, wine | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tasting Note: Melon 2003, Deux Vert Vineyard, Yamhill County, La Bête

Melon from Oregon? Now that’s a wine that could qualify for Wine Blogging Wednesday 47, whose theme is “Brought to You by the Letter S”. ‘Cause it’s oh, so Surprising. But no, I have another idea for WBW 47 that I will be posting later today, and for which the letter S is a much clearer [...]
Also posted in organic wine, white wine | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Tasting Note: La Crema Sonoma Coast 2005 Chardonnay

So here I was, trying to decide if there was a slight hint of green in the dominantly pale-straw color of that chardonnay from the reputedly-cool Sonoma Coast (in terms of climate, I mean). Very slight, I decided, as I got whiffs of citrus peel, almonds, toasted bread and vanilla. Not terribly intense, but pleasant. [...]
Also posted in California, chardonnay, white wine | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How much alc./vol. is too much alc./vol.?

With better viticultural techniques and riper fruit comes, in an almost inescapable logic, wines with higher alcohol content. With big New World syrahs, grenaches and zinfandels reaching towards 16% alcohol by volume, and chardonnays and viogniers going for broke at 15%, a question almost inescapably comes to mind: how much is too much? My definite, absolute [...]
Also posted in California, Cigare Volant, Domaine de la Solitude, France, La Bête, alcohol level, biodynamic wine, châteauneuf-du-pape, pinot noir, syrah, wine | 1 Comment